The government’s plans for proof of vaccination requirements for nightclubs and other venues are an “absolute shambles,” a leading industry body said.
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi has announced that proof of full vaccination will be required as a condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues from the fall.
Mr Zahawi said that a negative Covid-19 test would soon be “no longer sufficient” as proof that a person was sure of Covid, adding that at the end of September all people aged 18 and over more will have had the opportunity to get bitten.
Chief Science Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance has warned that nightclubs could be “potential wide spread events”.
Michael Kill, president and CEO of the Night Time Industries Association, accused the government of “another chaotic U-turn.”
âSo the ‘freedom day’ for nightclubs lasted around 17 hours at the time,â he said, noting that the announcement came on the day the nightclubs reopened in across England.
âThe Prime Minister’s announcement that Covid passports will be made mandatory for nightclubs in September comes after his Health Secretary said just a week ago that they would not be mandatory. What an absolute mess.
âLeaving aside the fact that this is another chaotic U-turn that will leave clubs that have been planning to reopen for months, they will now have to make more changes to the way they operate – c is always a bad idea.
â80% of nightclubs said they did not want to implement Covid passports, worrying about difficulties in applying the system and a reduction in spontaneous consumers, as well as a competitive disadvantage with pubs and bars which are not subject to the same restrictions while offering similar environments.
UK music industry body LIVE has said small concert halls should be treated the same as similarly sized bars and restaurants.
Live CEO Greg Parmley said: âThe government has had several different positions on Covid certification over the past six months and we will need to see more details before we can understand the full impact on the industry. live music.
âMany festivals and venues are already adopting some level of Covid certification, and as responsible event planners, will continue to do so.
âWhat we are absolutely clear on, however, is that places such as small music clubs should not be treated any differently from other similar sized hotel businesses such as bars and restaurants with regard to the need. of the certification of the Covid vaccine. “
The Music Venue Trust said the government must introduce a “workable, usable and accurate certification process” that is “widely used in society and accepted as normal and necessary by the public.”
He added: “Distinguish between nightclubs, concert halls or any other cultural activity, because the spaces necessary for the implementation of such a policy will not function without the necessary tools and without addressing the obvious point that the Most popular concert halls have smaller capacities and a lower total number of attendees per day than pubs.
âWe note that the objective is to ‘boost vaccination in young people‘. The objective of certification should be public safety.
Peter Marks, Managing Director of REKOM UK, which owns 42 nightclubs including Pryzm, Eden and Fiction, said: âTo say that we are disappointed with this government’s change of heart is an understatement.
He added: âWe are nothing more than political football. Mandatory Covid passports may one day make sense once the entire adult population is offered vaccines, but does the government really think this threat will incite ‘vaccine mistrust’ to get vaccinated? They will just stay later in pubs and have their parties in their homes. “